Melynda came to JCDSRI in 2016 from Kickemuit Middle School in Warren, RI. She worked as a special educator for a 6th and 7th grade looping team throughout her time there. This position required a delicate balance of educating students on four core subjects while providing support and specialized education to close learning gaps, often three or more levels below grade level. Melynda has also worked collaboratively within a 4th grade inclusion classroom at Wakefield Hills Elementary School in West Warwick, RI. She currently holds a Master in the Art of Teaching degree from Johnson & Wales University and is a “Highly Qualified” and “Highly Effective” educator as defined by the Rhode Island Department of Education’s certification requirements and evaluation system, respectively.